Family lead tributes to Donegal woman found dead in India

Family lead tributes to Donegal woman found dead in India

The body of 28-year-old Danielle McLaughlin was found in a field near a beach in the south of Goa on Tuesday.

Local media reported the former Liverpool John Moores University student was discovered unclothed and she had marks on her head and face.

The police believe that she had been sexually assaulted and a post-mortem examination has taken place to establish whether that is the case.

The backpacker - who grew up in Buncrana, Co Donegal, before moving to the United Kingdom to study - had gone to the area to celebrate the Indian Holi festival.

THE death of Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin in the Indian tourist hotspot of Goa sent shockwaves around the world today as details of her brutal killing emerged.

Just before leaving Ireland three weeks ago to go back-packing around the world, Ms McLaughlin left a touching message on her Facebook page.

Her mother, Andrea Brannigan, said she would be "sadly missed by all".

"It has been confirmed that the woman travelled to India using a British passport, so the local British consulate have the lead responsibility in terms of dealings with the Indian authorities", the Irish foreign ministry said in a statement.

She said the family were finding it a "difficult and trying time" since receiving the "awful news".

Mrs Brannigan said: "As you can expect we are finding it very hard at this trying time". The body of the victim was found in a field, around 150 metres from the main road at Devbag in Canacona on Tuesday morning.

A local man who was arrested Wednesday will face rape and murder charges. "I am very grateful and the luckiest person I know.Off on another adventure". "Very sad to hear we have lost one of our old team members Danielle McLaughlin in Goa this week".

He said Ms McLaughlin's mother had now lost her eldest child having lost her youngest child, husband and father in recent years.

"She was a very confident, sociable, outgoing girl of a very caring nature", said Ms Grant.

Candice Faulkner, who grew up with McLaughlin in Buncrana, said: "We are in shock".

Danielle had been travelling the world meeting up with friends as she moved from country to country.

She was last seen at a party on Palolem beach on Monday night, celebrating the Holi festival. "This is a devastating time for her family and the whole town". They are waiting for the postmortem report to ascertain if she was raped before being killed.

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